complexion

noun com·plex·ion \ kəm-ˈplek-shən \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2 a : an individual complex of ways of thinking or feeling
b : a complex of attitudes and inclinations
3 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face
  • a dark complexion
4 : overall aspect or character
  • by changing the complexion of the legislative branch
  • —Trevor Armbrister

complexional

play \kəm-ˈplek-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

complexioned

play \kəm-ˈplek-shənd\ adjective

Examples of complexion in a Sentence

  1. She has a dark complexion.

  2. All of the children had healthy complexions.

  3. The complexion of the neighborhood has changed over the years.

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Origin and Etymology of complexion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti

complexion Synonyms



COMPLEXION Defined for English Language Learners

complexion

noun

Definition of complexion for English Language Learners

  • : the color or appearance of the skin especially on the face

  • : the general appearance or character of something


COMPLEXION Defined for Kids

complexion

noun com·plex·ion \ kəm-ˈplek-shən \

Definition of complexion for Students

: the color or appearance of the skin and especially of the face
  • a fair complexion

Medical Dictionary

complexion

noun com·plex·ion \ kəm-ˈplek-shən \

medical Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face
  • a dark complexion

complexioned

play \-shənd\ adjective


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